1997 Kansas City Chiefs season

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1997 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs (Broncos)
Pro Bowlers WR Andre Rison
FB Kimble Anders
G Will Shields
LB Derrick Thomas
CB Dale Carter
CB James Hasty
Timeline
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< 1996 1998 >

The 1997 Chiefs finished with a 13–3 record and AFC West division champions. The season is best remembered for the Rich Gannon-Elvis Grbac quarterback controversy [1] which brewed throughout the entire season and arguably cost the Chiefs a victory in the playoffs. The Chiefs were beaten by division rival and eventual Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos, in the 1998 playoffs. This was the last season that Marty Schottenheimer would coach the team into the playoffs, and capped off many years of disappointing playoff losses the team should have won by losing to Denver in the Divisional playoffs round 14-10.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1997 Kansas City Chiefs staff
Front office
  • Founder – Lamar Hunt
  • President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer – Carl Peterson
  • Chairman of the Board – Jack Steadman
  • Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager – Dennis Thum

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Gunther Cunningham
  • Defensive Line – Bob Karmelowicz
  • Defensive Backs – Kurt Schottenheimer
  • Defensive Assistant/Assistant Special Teams – Woodrow Lowe
  • Defensive Assistant/Quality Control – Darvin Wallis

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dave Redding
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Roberto Parker

Schedule[edit]

Week Opponent Result Game site TV Time Attendance
1 at Denver Broncos L 3–19 Mile High Stadium NBC 4:15pm
75,600
2 at Oakland Raiders W 28–27 Network Associates Coliseum ABC 9:00pm
61,523
3 Buffalo Bills W 22–16 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 1:00pm
78,169
4 at Carolina Panthers W 35–14 Bank of America Stadium NBC 1:00pm
67,402
5 Seattle Seahawks W 20–17 OT Arrowhead Stadium NBC 4:15pm
77,877
6 at Miami Dolphins L 14–17 Pro Player Stadium NBC 1:00pm
71,794
7 Bye
8 San Diego Chargers W 31–3 Arrowhead Stadium TNT 8:00pm
77,195
9 at St. Louis Rams W 28–20 Edward Jones Dome NBC 1:00pm
64,864
10 Pittsburgh Steelers W 13–10 Arrowhead Stadium ABC 9:00pm
78,301
11 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–24 ALLTEL Stadium NBC 1:00pm
70,444
12 Denver Broncos W 24–22 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 1:00pm
77,963
13 at Seattle Seahawks W 19–14 Kingdome NBC 4:15pm
66,264
14 San Francisco 49ers W 44–9 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 1:00pm
77,535
15 Oakland Raiders W 30–0 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 1:00pm
76,379
16 at San Diego Chargers W 29–7 Qualcomm Stadium NBC 4:15pm
54,594
17 New Orleans Saints W 25–13 Arrowhead Stadium FOX 1:00pm
66,772
1998 Playoffs
Divisional
Playoff
Denver Broncos L 10–14 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 4:15pm
76,965

Standings[edit]

AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 375 232
Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 472 287
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 365 362
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 324 419
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 266 425

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gretz, Bob. Quarterbacks and controversy KCChiefs.com, November 1, 2006